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2001 Explorer Sport Side Marker Install

Discussion in 'Modified 1995-2001 Explorers' started by daveatk81, February 25, 2013.

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  1. daveatk81

    daveatk81 New Member

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    This is my first post so bear with me. This is probably not a project for everyone, but I really wanted to do this to my explorer for a while.
    I ordered Universal side markers on Ebay for like $10

    Supplies I used:
    Tape Measure or Ruler
    Level
    Tape, preferably masking tape
    Cordless Drill/Screwdriver
    Dremel w/ Metal Cutting Discs
    Wire - Any wire that is the same thickness or thicker than the wire the Side markers came with
    Strippers / Crimpers
    Wire Connectors
    Wire Hanger
    Touch Up Paint
    Heat Gun
    Shrink Tubing

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    Disconnect Battery Ground Wire
    To Start, the directions on the side markers said I needed a hole 7/8" X 1 1/8"
    So I measured on my truck where exactly I wanted the side markers and marked the areas with electrical tape (I recommend using masking tape because electrical tape is impossible to keep straight, masking tape is already straight or it bends. Once I had my Square I leveled it with a level.
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    Next I grabbed my dremel, I took a deep breath, and right before I started to cut I decided to measure again and level again
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    so after all was fine I started the cut, I tried to keep the cut as clean as possible but it was tough, but I did fairly ok, but it was not a big deal because it would all be hidden behind the side marker. Here is the final first hole
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    But there was a problem, if you look at the picture below there is a cross metal piece inside the fender and my side marker would not fit with it there, so I tried to cut a piece out of it and it would not even make a mark in that cross metal piece, I don't know why but I got real nervous because my side markers do not give me a lot of room to play around with so I cut the width 1/4" bigger toward the front of the car and it worked, the entire hole was covered, lessoned learned....
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    Once the hole was cut and the marker fit, I put the marker to the side and grabbed the wire and Wire Hanger. I bent the wire hanger to go from under the hood to the hole. Then I taped the wires to the end of the hanger and pulled them through to the hood. There is absolutely no room for hands or tools, so you need something like a wire hanger for running the wire through the fender.
    Once the wire was run through, I Connected positive and negative to the side marker with wire connectors and covered this connection with shrink tubing and used the heat gun to shrink it tight. Then ran the wires on the side of the engine bay with zip ties, and made sure the wires were secured tight to where I wanted to connect ground too and the positive wire to the parking side lamp.
    Then I took off the parking lamp next to headlight. There is 1 screw and it comes right out. Whether you are on driver side or passenger side, the blinker wire that you want is either Light Blue and White or the other side Light Green and White. Use the wire connectors that squeeze onto the 2 wires you want connected and it taps into the circuit.
    Use a circle connector on the end of the ground wire and hook it up anywhere you like on the frame/body in the engine bay, just make sure the wire is out of the way and not going to melt from any heat.
    Once the connections are secure, hook the battery ground wire back up and test your light by hitting the blinker, after you see that it works, put your side parking lamp back on.
    Last I still had 2 screw holes to drill, so I put the marker in the hole I cut and marked the spots for the screw holes, once drilled, I screwed them in put the lens cover on and I was done! With this side at least....
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    Blinker on... its actually really bright, just doesn't look like it in the picture
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    Blinker Off...
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    I use this sight for everything when I have to do something with my explorer, so I felt like I should give back somehow. I know this was not the easiest project post to follow but I will get better eventually hopefully.
    and I am probably going to put a fuse in between side parking lamp and side marker so if the side marker shorts out it will not short out my parking lamp or parking lamp fuse, I don't know if it is necessary though.
    Good luck whoever does this, it looks great and I love that I did it!
     
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  3. daveatk81

    daveatk81 New Member

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    Sorry everyone about the pictures, did not know they would be that big.
    Also wanted to add why I needed the touch up paint, I totally forgot.
    after the hole was cut for the side markers, you want to put something like touch up paint on the edges of the hole. You do not want the metal to start to rust and the paint to flake off. I used touch up paint to protect it but there are other things!
     
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    These are the ones you used?

    Pilot universal side markers?
     
  5. daveatk81

    daveatk81 New Member

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    Yes found on Ebay Too, those are the exact Pilot Universal Smoked Side Markers that I used...
    Please post pics of yours here when you are done so I can check them out!
     
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    I haven't gotten any, I was just curious about what you used. I'm still undecided about doing this, but I probably will eventually.
     
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    Right on, I was the same, I have been wanting to do it for a while now, but I was nervous about how they would look, and also nervous about cutting into the truck, because that cant be undone. But finally just ordered them and did it, and I gotta say, im real happy I did. I think they look fantastic.
     
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    I do have one recommendation on the wiring...

    Light+ >>> park light+
    Light- >>> turn signal+

    That will make it lit with the parking lights, and be a turn signal. It will flash with the turn signal when the park lights are off, and alternately flash with the turn signal when the park lights are on.

    Same concept as the common Ranger "blinker mod", also GM commonly wires their corner lights this way.

    This will not work with LED bulbs, well it will, it just wouldn't be a turn signal with the park lights off. Basically no daytime turn signals.
     
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    great thanks

    Great, thanks for your input I'm absolutely going to do that. I have wanted the lights to go on with the parking lights but didn't think I could with single filament but I should have thought of the 12v canceling each other out and blinking offset with blinkers. I def appreciate you sharing that with me!
     
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    No problem! After all, that's why we join the forums right...

    Oh, and another tid bit of info... Though it seems you know your way around, it may help others.
    Ford labels the light sockets, so there is no need to trace or research wire colors.
    Major- turn signal and/or brake
    Minor- park/ tail
    Arrow- ground
     
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    Thanks for the write-up. I've been wanting to add these to mine.
     
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    daveatk81 New Member

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    No problem! I just rewired the side markers to stay on with parking lights, and blink oppositely the blinkers when the lights are on. But when the lights are off it blinks normally, Thanks to UrbanRedNeck above.
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    Instead of grounding, connect marker ground wire to the brown parking light wire next to the blinker wire in the harness. Its simple to figure out because there are only 3 wires going to the parking/blinker socket.
    I love them even more now!
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